US President Barack Obama urged the citizens of Central African Republic to "reject the violence currently threatening their country, and move together toward a future of security, dignity, and peace."
Mr Obama recorded a direct message to the CAR people during a stopover in Senegal, as he was on his way to South Africa to attend the memorial service for the former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Respected leaders in your communities—Muslim and Christian—are calling for calm and peace. I call on the transitional government to join these voices and to arrest those who are committing crimes.
The President said the US will support international efforts to restore security and protect civilians.
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